The ICESat-2 mission will measure the changing height of Earth’s glaciers, ice sheets and sea ice, one laser pulse at a time, 10,000 laser pulses per second. Credit: NASA
NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, a mission to measure the changing height of Earth’s ice, is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 40-minute window opening at 5:46 a.m. PDT (8:46 a.m. EDT). The spacecraft will lift off from Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on the final launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing weather officer reported they are predicting a 100 percent chance of favorable weather on launch day.
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NASA EDGE Tower Rollback Show, Friday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT)
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Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington
Doug McLennan, ICESat-2 project manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Kelly Brunt, ICESat-2 science team member, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Rex Engelhardt, mission manager, NASA’s Launch Services Program
Mic Woltman, chief, Fleet Systems Integration Branch, NASA’s Launch Services Program
Tim Dunn, launch director, NASA Kennedy Space Center
Tom Neumann, ICESat-2 deputy project scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Donya Douglas-Bradshaw, ATLAS instrument project manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dana VanDersaral, mission assurance team, United Launch Alliance
Live Launch Coverage, Saturday, Sept. 15, 5:10 a.m. PDT (8:10 a.m. EDT)
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